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The Cowboys won even though they were outscored four tries to three by Souths but the boot of Josh Hannay proved the telling factor with the Cowboys centre landing 7/8 with the boot with five of the conversions penalty goals.
In a game that never reached any great heights, the Cowboys forwards laid a solid platform for the backs and Souths simply made far too may errors to win the game.
Both sides face tough matches next week with the Cowboys hosting the Broncos in Townsville in a match sure to sell out while the winless Rabbitohs travel across the Tasman to face the Warriors.
Souths need some luck to go their way and if they lose to the Warriors next weekend, they will fast lose touch with the front runners while the Cowboys can go into the Broncos match full of confidence after recovering from a terrible start to the season.
Scorers: Rabbitohs Tries: Watts, Smith x 2, Minichello Goals: Smith 2/4 Cowboys Tries: B Bowen, Muckert, Sheppard. Goals: Hannay 7/8, Sheppard FG.
By the clock: 3rd min: TRY - Cowboys. Brenton Bowen crosses out wide with only his second touch of the ball to get the Cowboys off to a positive start. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 4-0.
7th min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Hannay edges the Cowboys further ahead as they look to play positive football in the wet conditions. Cowboys 6-0.
9th min: TRY - Cowboys. Chris Muckert swoops on a wayward Bryan Fletcher pass to run 50 metres to score with Joven Clarke in hot pursuit. Conversion successful. Cowboys 12-0.
21st min: TRY - Souths. Brad Watts crusies through some brittle Cowboys defence to register the first points for the Bunnies. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 12-4.
24th min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Bryan Fletcher gives away a penalty while in possession and the Cowboys take full advantage with another two points. Cowboys 14-4.
29th min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Souths restart with a line dropout that sails out on the full and the Cowboys take the points on offer. Cowboys 16-4.
33rd min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Hannay slots another penalty goal after Fletcher was penalised for a high shot on David Myles. Cowboys 18-4.
36th min: TRY - Souths. Justin Smith swats away some feeble Cowboys defence to score out wide and close the gap on the Cowboys. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 18-8.
42nd min: TRY - Souths. Mark Minichello scores off a great cut out pass from Willie Peters as Souths come storming back into the match. Conversion successful. Cowboys 18-14.
52nd min: TRY - Cowboys. Chris Sheppard scoots away on a 30 metre sprint to the tryline after a good offload from Michael Luck. Conversion successful. Cowboys 24-14.
62nd min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Josh Hannay does his best Rugby Union impersonation by kicking his 5th penalty goal of the night. Cowboys 26-14.
72nd min: FIELD GOAL - Cowboys. Chris Sheppard kicks the Cowboys 13 clear and with it comes a certain two premiership points and a place int he top eight. Cowboys 27-14.
78th min: TRY - Souths. Consolation try to Justin Smith next to the posts to add some respectability to the scoreline. Conversion successful. Cowboys 27-20.